Applications Open for the HIN’s First Diabetes Quality Improvement Programme


The Health Innovation Network has launched a new Diabetes Quality Improvement Programme to develop clinical skills and knowledge to help improve outcomes for patients in south west London who have or are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The South West London (SWL) Diabetes Quality Improvement (QI) Programme offers GP practices help to make improvements to their diabetes care, by providing practices with practical support from a facilitator with a clinical background, to review their approach to diabetes care, and create an action plan for quality improvement.

Did you know?

  • The average practice spends £1m on patients with diabetes every five years
  • A fifth of type 2 diabetes patients can account for almost half of all practice type 2 diabetes patient consults

  • On average only 35 per cent of diabetes patients in SWL achieve the three NICE recommended treatment targets (HbA1c, cholesterol and blood pressure)

This will be supplemented by a series of webinars to refresh clinical knowledge around diabetes and update on local guidelines and referral pathways. The webinars will also share examples of excellent practice from south London and beyond.

This programme builds on work that has been developed with the involvement of healthcare professionals across South West London, and tested locally at a small number of practices. Recognising the interconnected nature of cardiometabolic disease the ambition is to scale this as a multiple long term conditions approach in future years, and within the programme this year we will also provide access to learning and tools which are applicable to support all people living with cardiometabolic health conditions.

We are in the process of applying for CPD accreditation for this programme.

“We are delighted to be working with South West London to help them scale and spread the great work they've been doing in diabetes care through this new Quality Improvement Programme. This initiative will call on local clinical experts and facilitators to help practices improve care for the population and access the latest innovations in the area."Oliver Brady, Programme Director for Long Term Conditions and Mental Health

Benefits to practice:

  • Efficiency – a reduction in the cost of diabetes care through improved processes
  • Refreshed clinical knowledge and improved staff experience of care
  • Support achieving financial incentives, eg QOF targets for diabetes
  • Exploration of new models of care

Benefits to the diabetes population:

  • Patient satisfaction through streamlined processes
  • Better health and quality of life outcomes for people with diabetes and other long-term conditions
  • Increased engagement of patients with their healthcare


  • Applications for this programme have now closed.
  • The programme is open to all SWL GP practices. There are 40 places available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • There is no cost but participating practices are asked to commit to:
    • attendance at learning events and webinars
    • formation and meeting of a practice ‘diabetes working group’ (DWG)
    • meeting with your improvement facilitator
    • practice senior support and sign-off


  • The programme starts on 21 June
  • The programme consists of:
    • five learning events and webinars;
    • practical support for your practice from improvement facilitators;
    • six optional clinical webinars
Applications for this programme have now closed.


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